Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
) recently announced that it has started shipping the XO3-L
2200, 4300, and 6900 devices, the first in the ultra-low density
MachXO3™ FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) family. Pricing of
these devices start below $1.00 in higher volumes.
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FPGAs are semiconductor devices that allow
programming/reprogramming even after the device has been
installed and hence referred to as "field-programmable." This
flexibility makes them more expensive compared to regular
programmable logic devices (PLDs), often limiting their usage.
Demand for FPGAs are increasing since they allow increased
flexibility in terms of designs and enable electronic device
manufacturing companies to minimize their research and
development (R&D) costs. The bright prospects in the FPGA
space can prove to be a long-term growth driver for Lattice.
The MachXO family has been a key player, especially in the low
end programmable market. It aims to connect multiple network
segments and has a pretty low power dissipation rate. Moreover,
the hot-swap I/O feature enables the swapping of components
without the need to reboot the system. The MachXO has been
built with an eye to cater to the needs of mobile devices and
data-center switching platforms.
MachXO's usage in mobile devices helps Lattice's growth to become
highly dependent on the prosperity of the mobile devices sector.
As per the latest research report from Strategy Analytics, things
seem to look up for Lattice with global mobile phone shipments
rising 7.0% annually to 418 million units in the third quarter of
2013, driven by the growing demand for entry-level Android
devices in Asia and Latin America.
Lattice Semiconductor designs, develops and markets
high-performance PLDs and related development system software.
The company's third-quarter revenues were up 23.0% from the
year-ago period to $87.2 million. Revenues from FPGAs were also
up 0.4% year over year to $26.2 million.
Currently, Lattice has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better ranked
stocks in the technology sector include
Pericom Semiconductor Corp.
) with a Zacks Rank # 1 (Strong Buy) and
Advanced Photonix Inc.
Amkor Technology Inc.
), both with a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).